Ontario reports 1,478 new coronavirus cases, 21 deaths

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Ontario reported 1,478 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 109,361.

“Locally, there are 572 new cases in Peel, 356 in Toronto and 111 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

“There are 1,365 more resolved cases and nearly 47,600 tests completed.”

Ontario has now completed a total of 6,068,428 tests, while 52,852 remain under investigation.

Meanwhile, 92,915 cases are considered resolved, which is 85 per cent of all confirmed cases.

Twenty-one more deaths were also announced on Thursday, bringing the provincial death toll to 3,575.

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The newly reported numbers are valid as of Wednesday afternoon.

There are 556 people hospitalized with the virus (up by 33), with 151 in intensive care (down by eight) and 105 on ventilators (down by one).

Here is a breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender:

  • 53,051 people are male
  • 55,689 people are female
  • 12,921 people are 19 and under
  • 39,789 people are 20 to 39
  • 31,189 people are 40 to 59
  • 15,975 people are 60 to 79
  • 9,477 people are 80 and over
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The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

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The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.

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Long-term care

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 2,187 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is up by 14. There are currently 108 outbreaks in long-term care homes, which is an increase of four.

There are 543 active cases among long-term care residents and 429 among staff.

Schools and child-care centres

Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 4,349 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario — 2,673 among students and 589 among staff (1,087 individuals were not identified). This is an increase of 88 more cases from the previous day.

Four schools in Ontario are currently closed as a result of positive cases.

There have been a total of 733 confirmed cases within child-care centres and homes — an increase of 12 since the previous day.

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